The opening half of Rouen Normandie Rugby (Pro D2) Jordan Michallet, 29, died suddenly on Tuesday, the club announced on its Facebook page, and investigators favor the thesis of suicide.

“The Rouen Normandie Rugby family is deeply saddened to announce the death of our dear Jordan Michallet.

This terrible news plunges the whole club into immense grief.

Rouen Normandy Rugby announces the tragic disappearance of its opener Jordan Michallet at the age of 29 😢



Condolences to his family, his club and his teammates pic.twitter.com/16IuKE1gAQ

— Arnaud Becquet (@ArnaudBecquet) January 18, 2022

"The tragic death of Jordan Michallet leaves the world of rugby in shock," tweeted the National Rugby League, which sent its condolences to the family.

According to a police source, "all the elements suggest three successive suicide attempts, the last having unfortunately succeeded".

Questioned by AFP, the public prosecutor of Rouen confirmed that the hypothesis of suicide was privileged, adding that the player had been found dead after throwing himself from the fourth floor of a building under construction.

An investigation into the cause of death has been opened.

The player was recruited by Rouen in 2018, after starting his career in the Top 14 with Grenoble in 2013.

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